Man in Sling-Reduce your risk of injury when handling clients
Written by Melanie Gee, Ergonomist, Workplace Health

Safe client handling programs are available to reduce the risk of injury to health care workers and enhance safe, quality care for patients.

Patient handling is the most common source of injury in Fraser Health. Safe client handling programs have been created to help reduce the risk of injury to health care workers and enhance safe, quality care for patients.

The use of lifting equipment is essential to a successful safe client handling program and has been shown to reduce exposure to manual lifting injuries by up to 95 per cent.

If you are involved in direct patient care, it is essential that you know about safe patient moving and handling so you don’t hurt your patients or yourself.

To learn more about patient handling equipment, visit FH Pulse to:

  • Review the new sling resource page  to find answers to your sling usage-related questions, including sling inspection guidelines and laundering processes.

Top five incidents reported in January 2018

In January, there were 371 incidents reported to the Workplace Health Call Centre.

  1. Violence (20 per cent or 74 incidents, 19 per cent or 15 claims)
  2. Patient handling (15 per cent or 56 incidents, 23 per cent or 18 claims)
  3. Slips, trips (10 per cent or 38 incidents, 20 per cent or 16 claims)
  4. Blood and body fluid exposures or needlestick injuries (10 per cent or 38 incidents, three per cent or two claims) 
  5. Hit or struck by item (nine per cent or 32 incidents, eight per cent or six claims)

For more information on safe client handling, including mobility assessment algorithms visit our 

FH Pulse Safe Client Handling page.


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